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is on china. the north's most influential ally. today on china report, we look at the response from leaders in bejing and what motivates their longstanding relationship with an isolated regime. >> reporter: chinese media were quick to respond to the rocket launch. tv networks ran a news clip using reports by foreign news agencies. but it took a full six hours for the chinese government to issue a formal comment.ititititititit press conference of the foreign ministry. >> translator: it's regrettable that north korea went ahead with the launch, despite the international's community close attention. as a member of the united nations, the north has the obligation to respect security council resolutions. >> reporter: china is north korea's neighbor and the most important of its fuel lines, also an economic superpower, since fighting the korean war together, the two countries have maintained close relations. in september, north korea held a briefing in beijing, calling for massive investment in a special economic zone. the north's economy is in dire shape, and the only way it will improve is thr
on stability in the asia-pacific. they have been troubled by increasing tension between japan and china over which country owns the senkaku islands in the east china sea. their concerned thathe conflict i claims allowed to fester could unsettled dynamic in the region. they want to see policies and sophisticated diplomacy to calm the swaituation. they're drawn into military confrontation because of their alliance with japan. >> our message to the new japanese government will be the same as the message to the former japanese government, which is that we want to see both japan and china avoid provocative acts. we want to see them talk to each other and work this through by dialogue. >> now japan has stirred up another territorial dispute with south korea. u.s. official want up to see the japanese put aside the differences with the neighbor about the islands in the sea of japan. american diplomats rely on partner in both countries about the threat of north korea. the north koreans may be under way to gain technology for long rage ballistic missiles. they say it serves as the cornerstone of peace
its territory. an airplane from china's maritime authorities intruded into japan's airspace over the senkaku islands. that's in the east china sea. jets were scrambled to the scene. japan controls the senkaku islands, china and taiwan claimed them. the japan coast guard says one of its vessels spotted the plane thursday morning and reported it to japan's defense ministry. it was about 15 kilometers south of the uotsuri islands. part of the senkaku island chain. the minister says eight f-15 fighters from the air self defense force based in okinawa were dispatched in response. but when they arrived the chinese plane had already left japanese airspace. the coast guard photo of the chinese aircraft shows letters on the plane's body indicating it belongs to china's state oceanic administration. the defense ministry says this was the first such intrusion by a chinese aircraft since the self-defense forces began keeping records. the coast guard says the plane was initially spotted around 10:40 a.m. local time. coast guard officials confirmed the intrusion at 11:06 and the plane moved ou
would not yield in territorial fight with china and would increase defense spending if necessary. at the same time, he said he would do more to mend economic ties. he said if deflation persists he might delay the hike in the consumption tax. he has piled the pressure on the central bank to do more to ease monetary policy. he has said the government policy of phasing out nuclear power by the 2030s is unrealistic and irresponsible. >> so how about all these new parties that we're hearing about? >> well, voters who are tired of the establishment could support what are known as the third force. former tokyo governor shintaro ishihara leads the restoration party. its candidates are asking voters why they would return power to the ldp simply because they are dissatisfied with the dpj. restoration party candidates promised that they would change japan fundamentally. they have attracted followers with promises to lessen the role of government and promote more free-market competition. but, you know, we are only on day one, so we are going to have to wait and see how all these factors play
for his administration. nhk world, tokyo. >>> china is building up its military presence in the asia pacific region. the question is how southeast asian countries will need with the neighbor's growing clout. we have details on different positions two countries are taking on china. >> nhk has obtained information that sheds light on the stances they are taking on china and we start with the philippines which is stationing marines on the spratly islands. nhk world reports. >> reporter: the philippines and china and malaysia and brunei claim sovereignty over all or some of the spratly's, high ranking military officers say their country has started to deploy marines in nine islands and shoals since september. the country had already stationed naval officers there. the military says personal numbers have almost doubled on some of the islands. before the deployment, the marines underwent training on protecting the islands and been equipped with upgraded weapons. philippines began expanding its military facility on the island to accommodate equipment and personnel for drills and other opera
such as china help keep labor costs low but demands for better treatment is rising and singaporians are struggling to agree on a response. nhk world's mark ho has this report. >> reporter: 171 chinese bus drivers wept on strike last month. they were unhappy over a disparity in pay rise compared to other workers. the walkout was the first in 26 years in singapore which has soviet rules against industrial action. >> translator: i hope the company will grant our request. if they don't, we will have to consider taking further steps. >> reporter: the government's response was swift and strong. 29 chinese strikers were deported. five leading members were arrested. one received a six-week prison sentence. the rare instance of labor and rest grabbed public attention. >> the whole thing that's happening with the chinese, it is kind of like, you know, freak thing that happened. >> reporter: singapore's 5.3 million residents, low-wage foreign workers account for one in six people. workers from china have been favored for their low-wage demands. they also share cultural heritage with singaporia
.5%. a representative of the chinese academy of social sciences said the economy will grow 7.7%. >> translator: china's exports are slowing because of the european debt crisis and the global economic slow down. >> li said economy bottomed out in the july through september quarter. the country's consumption and industrial output improved in september and october. he predicts growth will rebound next year to about 8.2%. he said increased public investment and more monetary easing would spur the economy. but li called for flexible government policies if the situation in europe gets worse. >>> the new leader of the chooeds communist party is sending out mixed signals. xi jinping says he wants to pursue a peaceful foreign policy. at the same time, china is locked in territorial disputes with japan and several southeast asian nations over islands in the east and south china seas. xi told a group of foreign academics in beijing that china poses neither a challenge nor a threat. >> translator: looking at china's history, cultural traditions, and current conditions, china will never adopt a policy of dominanc
exchanging views with ambassadors from japan, the u.s., china and russia. she has already started moving to form her government. she'll meet with members of the present administration to go over issues. a transfer commission will finalize her policies. then in february she'll officially become the first woman in south korea to be president. >>> voters in south korea thought about the power of conglomerates when they cast ballots. many are frustrated that the big business blocks are elbowing out small and medium-size companies. they want their next president to level the playing field. we'll take a more in-depth look into that issue on friday. >>> japan's next leader has been dialing up the pressure on central bankers. he says they need to do more to shore up the economy. officials at the bank of japan emerged from two days of meeting and agreed to pump money into the economy for the fifth time this year. policymakers decided to add 10 trillion yen or $120 billion to the bank's asset-buying program. they plan to add $60 billion to buy up long-term government bonds. they will spend another
in china is starting to develop a taste for french wine. investors are seeing new opportunities in the big wine regions, and not unexpectedly, it is a development which is not popular with some of the french. >> it seems everything she turns her hand to is a success. she is one of china's biggest celebrities -- singer, model, actress -- and now honor of a prestigious french vineyard. it was in french hands for four centuries before the chinese came. in china, red wine has become the latest new thing, and increasing numbers of chinese are heading to france to invest in their very own vineyard. >> i tried several other lines before, but when i came here, everything was just right -- the building, the surroundings, everything. i fell in love with the place straightaway, and the wine. >> time for a toast with the previous owner, who is obviously pleased with the sale. the purchase price is undisclosed. chinese buyers often pay much more than the norm. even if they do not understand each other, everyone understands the language of money. business is conducted through an interpreter. >> people i
beijing on china's response. >> reporter: chinese foreign minister spokesperson condemned the launch in a routine news conference. >> translator: it's regrettable that north korea went ahead with the launch despite the international community's close attention. as a member of the united nations, the north has the obligation to respect security council resolutions. >> reporter: but the chinese official expressed a kosher stance toward additional sanctions against the north. china urged north korea to exercise self-restraint. its officials had expressed hope the north would behave cautiously from the broad per suspect i of peace and stability on the korean peninsula. that the leadership in pyongyang did not heed that call and went ahead with the launch anyway. it demonstrates that china's influence on the north is limited. it should be noted here that china has been calling for more action from other countries. its contention is that the rest of the world should act to prevent tension on the peninsula from escalating further. china is apparently concerned that strong international crit
. >>> japanese auto parts makers are trying to find new business channels at a major trade fair in china. they're struggling to survive in the world's biggest car market amid souring relations between the two countries. 30 japanese suppliers are among 4,000-plus companies from around the world showcasing products and services in the fair that started obtuse. chinese consumers are shunning japanese products since a bilateral territorial dispute broke out in september. some have seen sales plunge in china by half. others remain unable to keep plants going. >> translator: i think the chinese market has big potential. we're pinning our hopes on china, being able to keep staying afloat. >> japanese officials making active sales pitches at the fair to potential clients in the u.s., europe, and china. >>> the nobel prize winner is eager to get back to work. >> he shared this year's nobel prize in physiology or medicine with a british scientist. his family joined him at the ceremony in stockholm. >> he received the award for his work with stem cells. >>> japanese children are scoring better in math a
, not just in china, but also in the asean countries. >> the industry engineer -- the engineering industry is expecting high turnover. experts are optimistic the upward trend will continue next year. they are hoping the global demand will continue to keep the eurozone crisis at bay. >> to the markets. worries about the future of the german economy weighed on markets. we have this a bit from the frankfurt stock exchange. -- this update from the frankfurt stock exchange. >> the dax closed down at the highest level since five years, the day before. some profit-taking. shares have been dragged down by concerns that the german economy might cool down pretty soon. the ifo institute lowered its growth expectations for the german economy. the federal reserve seems to be quite pessimistic. looking at the u.s. economy, the fed thinks that the unemployment rate will stay very high next year. >> let's take a quick look at some market numbers. the dax closed at 7569. the euro stoxx 50 ended the day just a tad down. the dow jones is currently going down over 1/2 of 1%. >> hong fighting broke out in the
was flying near the sunkoku islands in the south china sea. the defense ministry says the asdf spotted a wide 12 propellor aircraft on its radar. the plane was approaching from the north. it released f-15 fighter jets from the chinese prefecture. it flew within 120 kilometres of the islands but left without raiding japanese air space. the afdf dispatched fighters in response. a wide 12 aircraft also approached the islands last saturday but left without violating japan's air space. >>> a chinese think tank says it can't rule out the possibility of clashes breaking out between japan and china over territorial disputes. the government-affiliated chinese academy of social sciences released its assessment of the analyst situation in a report on monday. referring to the budget in japan, they reported china-japan is in the worst state. it adds that tensions could be eased through diplomatic channels. china has repeatedly sent ships into japanese waters around the sonkuku, apparently to jeopardi jeopardize japan and to recognize that opposition exists. china says japan's stubborn position could push
are facing many challenges in our relations with china, south korea and even with the united states on which japan's security is based. strengthening japan/ize lie yans is the first step toward rebuilding japan's diplomacy and security. >> abe promised the central government will take the lead in rebuilding disaster-hit regions in northeastern japan, especially fukushima prefecture, home to the damaged nuclear plant. the new prime minister says he will achieve results as soon as possible to redeem the trust of the japanese people. >>> prime minister abe's launched his cabinet tuesday after the top lawmakers elected him to the top job. both houses of parliament elected abe as prime minister, a post he held between 2006 and 2007. abe is the first politician in 64 years to return to the position after resigning. his liberal democrats ruled japan almost continuously for half a century. abe has spent the past week or so shaping his cabinet. he has filled it with some new faces and some familiar ones. y. shihide suga has taken on the job of cabinet secretary that makes him the head government spok
to accept. china is also applying pressure on its neighbor. arguing that the missile launch could violate u.n. resolutions. nhk world. >> the professor is an expert on the korean peninsula. i spoke with him to get more insight into the korean missile launch. i started with asking him the intention of north korea. >> the mostortant thing for pong i don't think is to appeal or to empathize with their own rights or so they said the most independent sovereign ty is the most important point. peaceful use of the nuclear energy and the other is the peaceful use for outer space. actually using outer space with the launch and show you the time of december. a little bit before december, south korea had time launch their own satellite. they delayed the launch and during the preparation, no one complained. no one criticized. whenever north korea did something with the missile launch, anyone in the international community cannot accept it. therefore some of them admit that north korea has a right to launch missiles into outer space. >> we are talking about two missiles. plus it's december, not the best
goes 2,700 kilometers. oil has been flowing from there to china since 2010. now, the final section has been completed. from there, it can be shipped out. until now, the oil was transported along this last leg by train. that had a limited capacity of 15 million barrels of oil per year. the new pipeline can carry three times that amount. it is part of russia's plan to reduce its reliance on europe, which currently buys about 87% of the country's oil exports. during price talks with europe, russia has also -- often said it would seek other buyers and focus more on asian buyers. >> china's biggest producer of so-called rare earths has suspended output at some of its plants for another month as part of an effort to push up prices. >> rare earths are a group of elements crucial for making high-tech gadgets like smartphones and ipads, and they're mostly found in china, giving producers a handle on the market. and despite that, prices are falling. >> rare earths are, in china, but many minds in mongolia have fallen silent. state media says that will not change or at least another month. the co
resolutions because it involved ballistic missile technology. china opposes a legally binding resolution. the permanent member of the security council argues such a move could prompt north korea to carry out another nuclear test. japan is working with the united states and south korea to impose additional sanctions, but tokyo's ambassador says the three countries are too distant from china's position to permit dialog. >>> the u.n. general assembly has adopted a resolution about north korea's human rights violations. they include torture and public executions. the text also urges the north korean government to resolve the abduction of japanese citizens and other foreign nationals. a north korean diplomat has dismissed the document as political fabrication. >>> not up to the minute. but state-run media has been much faster in reporting the rules of south korea's presidential election than they have been in the past. the brief reports thursday, the day after the election, and friday. they said park had won a tight race. compare that with what happened five years ago. north korean media wait
. and then we'd like to improve our ties with china. as for the senkaku islands, we retain the stance they are japanese territory. we have to clearly show this policy to the chinese side. on the economic front, unless we change the current situation where annual income dwindles year after year, young people will not be able to have hope in their lives. we have to change this dire situation. that's our mission. we need to get out of the deflation as soon as possible, and that was part of our party's pledge. we will be compiling a sizeable suppleme suppleme supplementary budget. >> as abe prepares to move into the province's office, noda is preparing to move out. he's also stepping down as the leader of the democratic party. >> translator: at this time, the results of the general election are coming in, and the dpj has been handed a very stern verdict by the people. but it's the people's decision, and therefore, we take it seriously. all the results have been calculated. i have to assume responsibility for leading the party into this very serious position, and i've decided to step down
, there is one, and he is especially looking to help out an increasing number of travelers from china, who are looking to part with lots of cash. >> he spent years living in china. he understands the language as well as the mentality of the chinese. for the past few months, he has been a sales consultant at frankfurt international airport where he assist chinese customers, for example, with the purchase of a camera. few speak english, although this customer is an exception. >> i am a part-time photographer. i use a cannot -- canon and nikon. >> many passengers arrive at the airport several hours before their flights and do a lot of shopping, but they often struggle with the language. his task is to act as an intermediary between shoppers and sales personnel. >> some are very surprised at first. they are not used to a westerner speaking chinese at the airport, but they are delighted. many want to browse on their own, first. the chinese have very different taste. >> weather it is luxury goods or everyday products, the chinese are interested in almost everything. they especially like the duty
with china deteriorated. his government nationalized the senkaku islands in the east china sea. japan controls the territory. china and taiwan claim it. chinese ships enter japanese waters near the islands and chinese alleged anti-japan demonstrations. noda's key domestic policy issue was fiscal reform. he staked his career on hiking the consumption tax and reforming social security to chip away at japan's rising debt. the opposition liberal democrats and their allies helped him pass a package of bills after he promised to call a general election soon. but then noda added conditions. he wanted to enact legislation allowing the government to issue bonds defined as the current fiscal year's budget and he wanted to reform the electoral system. >> translator: if you agree to this condition i'm ready to dissolve the lower house on november 16th. please give your word to the people. >> reporter: that's what opposition leaders did. setting the stage for the election. >> prime minister noda is facing the biggest fight of his political life. nhk's latest opinion poll suggests kobe in trouble.
in the east china sea. they'll carefully monitor how the new administration deals with the issue. japan controls the islands but china and taiwan say they belong to them. >> translator: we hope that china realizes the problems we share and deal with them properly. >> they claim that the islands are part of their test. and developing a healthy, stable and long term relationship will serve the interest of both countries. >>> more than 100 million people in japan were eligible to cast ballots in this election, but a sizable number gave the polling stations a pass. the voter turnout sank to its lowest since world war ii. officials with the internal affairs ministry say nearly 62 million people cast ballots. that's about 59% of eligible voters. it's nearly ten points lower than the level set in the 2009 lower house elections. the democrats came racing to power last time around, but they limped to the finish line in this election. we went to find out why people didn't vote for the party or didn't vote at all. >> reporter: these angels come out every hour. prime ministers in japan seem to come
purposes. it is useful in setting up china's national defense. >> chinese government representatives say the country has launched 16 satellites for bds. they say they plan to put several more into orbit to expand global coverage by 2020. bds is designed to compete with the u.s. global positioning system which has a lock on the consumer market. officials say bds is accurate enough to distinguish objects that are ten meters apart. they started operating the system on an experimental basis a year ago. they have tested it in government cars. they believe chinese fishing surveillance ships operating in the waters near the senkaku islands are also equipped with bds. . shoppers and store staff. the eight by five meter aquarium contained sharks, turtles and fish and located inside a shop and was facing the street. surveillance video shows water gushing over customers and knocking down store displays. a small official says the tank was installed two years ago. shanghai city authorities said the main cause of the accident was deterioration of the glass. they said the temperature between -- or temp
of carrying out his duties. >>> the leader of china's communist party game into office promising to narrow the gap between rich and poor. he wants to lift millions of people out of poverty. xi is expected to take over from president hu jintao in march. xinhua television reported xi squatted with villagers in their homes over the weekend and held their homes. he reportedly asked them whether they had warm blankets and enough coal for heating. the vice premiere, li keqiang, visited poor inland villages. li is the second-ranking leader in the communist party. the reports say he braved cold temperatures and snow to visit the mountainous area. >>> the chinese embassy in tokyo has dismissed a document that says some disputed islands are part of japan. japan controls the senkaku islands in the east china sea. china and taiwan claim them. japanese wire service jiji press says the chinese government issued the document in 1915. the document says the islands are part of ryukyu, an old name for that area that is now okinawa. the paper mentions the islands's former name. the chinese embassy issued a s
with envoys from japan, the united states, china, and russia, all members of the six-party talks on north korea's nuclear program. details of the meetings haven't been released, but it's believed the five nations discussed ways to convince officials in pyongyang to cancel the launch. south korea plans to send two aegis vessels capable of tracking missiles to the yellow sea to observe the launch. the monitoring will be done in coordination with u.s. forces. defense officials in seoul are also considering raising the country's alerstatus by one notch. japan's self-defense forces are on the alert in advance of this possible missile launch. the maritime sdf vessel carrying pac-3 missile interceptors has left its home port in hiroshima bound for okinawa. the pac-3 surface-to-air missiles are capable of shooting down debris should it come near the ground. the interceptors will be placed at several sites in okinawa. defense ministry officials expect the missile's flight path could take it over the islands of okinawa. commanders say they'll deploy aegis cruisers in those waters. they say they wou
quite good. it indicates that the economy in china is expanding again. that means that german companies can hope for new orders from china again, and the markets here can hope for new chinese money to be invested soon into german assets. >> let's take a quick look at some market numbers. the dax ended the day almost 1/2 of 1% up. the euro stoxx 50 closed up at 2582. the dow jones is currently going down about 1/4 of 1%. the euro is trading $1.3660. we turn our attention to syria, where the human cost of the civil war is not limited to loss and destruction inside the country. some half a million summer -- syrians are refugees in neighboring countries. >> for those studying abroad in europe, the anxiety about the safety of their loved ones can beat all consuming -- can be all-consuming. >> this man is torn between remaining where he is and returning to war-ravaged syria. he has been studying medicine in germany for five years and is now doing his residency. he is having trouble concentrating on his professional career. his family can no longer support him financially. that means he spends
was booming in the united states, up 26%. that rise outstripped even the increase seen from china. german cars especially remained popular overseas. i of german exports continue to sell at this rate, they could reach a record 1.1 billion euros for 2012. >> how did companies react to the export news, and what does that mean for investors? our correspondence sent us this report from the frankfurt stock exchange. > germany's exporters are still reporting strong profits, but companies which mainly depend on the european markets are preparing for tougher times. truckmaker m.a.n. announced that it is planning to reduce capacity by ordering more than five dozen workers to work reduced hours. news like this limits the upward potential, just like the discussion in united states about tax increases and spending cuts. each time a solution between democrats and republicans seems to become a bit less probable. investors are getting nervous again, also here in frankfurt. >> let's take a quick look at some market numbers now. the dax closed just a tad down at 7435. euro stoxx 50 closed about 0.3% up. the dow
is at the center of dispute with china. china has reacted with alarm. beijing declared itself "ready to work with japan" and they expressed disquiet. >> the former prime minister vowed to put the japanese economy back on track after years of deflation made worse by a soaring currency that has squeezed japanese exporters. >> a landslide victory for the conservative ldp party. voters are putting their trust in his promise to get the economy back on track. >> the mission we have been given is to beat inflation and deal with the high yen and wall dealing with the economy and working to create more jobs. >> many voters were critical over the handling of the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. they say it was last eight support rather than a rejection of the outgoing premier. >> politics is all about the results. we have to take responsibility. the cause of this major defeat lies with me, as the leader of this party. i hereby take these results seriously and i will resign as the leader of the democratic party in japan. what's the future of the japanese power plants was not a big
japan's pacifist constitution. >> china has launched the world's longest high-speed rail route. the line between cities is almost 2,900 kilometers long. trains travel an average speed of 300 kilometers per hour, cutting travel time in half to just eight hours. >> floods in malaysia have forced more than 13,000 people to flee their homes. the floods have hit several states of the country's east coast. one woman died after slipping into a swollen river, and forecasters are expecting more rain to fall. >> china's leading producer of rare earth is attempting to shut down some plants in an attempt to stem falling prices. the group will keep some mines and factories closed until the end of january. >> rare earths are crucial in making a broad range of high- tech products. prices have been declining due to falling demand, and a growing number of companies are turning to alternatives to cut costs. than helping those in need and providing assistance to the deprived our universal concepts around the world. >> we bring you an example from mexico where a catholic priest is helping people at his miss
.s. military has four global hawks stationed in guam. it's been urging japan to buy drones citing china's growing presence in regional waters. >>> north koreans celebrate the birthdays of kim jong un's father and grandfather but the young leader's special day hasn't been declared a national holiday. kim was reportedly born on january 8th. a recent 2013 calendar shows the date with simple black characters, but the birth dates of north korea's founder kim il sung and his son kim jong-il appear in large red letters indicating national holidays. experts say kim jong un's birthday isn't being recognized yet. they cite his young age and lack of experience as the country's leader. >>> people in bethlehem celebrated the birth of jesus christ in tanl christmas mass. the service was held at the church of the navitity in the palestinian city. tourists are flocking there. but palestinians are being left out in the cold. nhk world has more. >> reporter: the streets now littered with christmas lights. this is the church of the nativity, the birthplace of jesus christ. this christmas time there are ma
of nokia. it announced an exclusive deal with china mobile, the world's largest mobile-phone services provider. they have more than 700 million subscribers. >> let's take a quick look at some market numbers. the dax ended the day at about -- up about 1/4 of 1%. euro stoxx 50 closed just a a tad up. -- just a tad up. the dow jones is at 13,076. the euro is trading at 1.3079. >> un generate -- un secretary general ban ki-moon is calling on nations to come to an agreement about how to stop global warming. he made those comments at the climate talks in qatar. and he is trying to break a deadlock between the countries who are attending. >> our reporter has been talking to some delegates. >> at a climate summit press conference in doha, indian -- this indian spiritual leader described the effects of climate change in the himalayas. he says melting glaciers and a loss of bio-diversity are signs that the world cannot ignore, signs that drove him to do more to help the environment. >> giving the blessings to the people and healing that is not enough. i have to do more. the whole world is suffe
.6 percentage points. they cited a drop in exports stemming from a territorial dispute with china. the bank officials say southeast asian economies are supported by solid domestic demand. they added the countries are relatively unaffected by the debt woes in europe. >>> as if to back up the ad bcs's projection, japan's economy remained out of steam in october. the latest key economic indicator fell for the seventh straight month. the cabinet office says the coincidence index of the economy ticked down 0.9 points from september to 90.6. the index tracks the current state of the economy and reflects activities like industrial output and employment. government officials trace the decline to the global economic slowdown. they said shipments of tvs and some other products suffered during the month. they downgraded their assessment of the economy to worsening for the first time since march 2009. >>> the operator of the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant has released information about the doses of radiation workers were exposed to at the plant. tokyo electric power company had earlier submitted the s
over internet use and content. the changes were supported by 89 countries including russia, china, and saudi arabia. >> coming up, as egypt prepares to vote, why is the new constitution so divisive? we will talk about that. >> the fate of children in afghanistan as nato troops prepare to withdraw. >> stay with us. >> welcome back, everyone. each faces a tense weekend. voting begins on a controversial constitution supported by president mohamed morsi. it has deeply divided the country. >> opposition groups are urging supporters to vote against it. morsi oppose the muslim brotherhood is calling on egyptians to support the document. -- morsi's muslim brotherhood is calling the egyptians to support the document. >> opponents said the document does not do enough to protect women and minorities. the leading activist has asked egypt's president to delay the referendum. >> it is shaping up to be a pivotal moment for the country which has witnessed daily violence in the run-up to the referendum. >> we want to get a closer look at some of the most disputed articles of the new constitution.
getting here often means a dangerous odyssey that takes years to complete. they flee through china, laos, and thailand. all the time, easy prey for traffickers who force girls into marriage or prostitution. those who make it to the south are brought to this resettlement center. they prepare for their new lives. they learn what health insurance is or how to operate simple electronic devices. they are shown south korean films to smooth their cultural integration. they teach defectors the basics of living in a 21st century capitalist society. >> for example, a hamburger. they do not have hamburgers in north korea. we show them what they look like, how they taste, and what they cost here in the south. >> back in his high school, the school principal is urging students to think big. he tells them, "although you are from the north, you can become president or a pop star. you have to live your dreams." >> i have a very simple dream. i just want to sit down with my full family around a table and eat dinner. my grandparents are still in the north. to be with them is my greatest wish. >> they are
scrambled fighter jets in reaction to a chinese aircraft flying near the islands in the east china sea. the defense ministry says they spotted a propeller aircraft on its radar. the plane was approaching the islands from the north. the asdf's f-15 fighter jets immediately went into scramble mode from a base in okinawa. the chinese plane flew within 120 kilometers of the islands but it left the area without violating japanese airspace. a plane of the same type intruded on december 13th. the asdf dispatched fighters in response. the aircraft spotted on monday had the same serial number as the one that made similar flight last saturday. in both cases, the plane tried to approach the area from the north and then flew away without violating japan's airspace. >>> chinese academy of social sciences released an assessment of the international situation in a report on monday. referring to the recent nationalization by japan of the islands. the report says china-japan relations are in the most serious state since normalization. it says policy flexibility has substantially decreased. it adds that
's nuclear program, they have some in the gulf. >>> a chinese foreign ministry official says japan and china should settle their territorial dispute over the sanguku islands over dialogue. >> translator: china and japan have their own claims and different positions. but we should search for an appropriate method for settling the issue through dialogue. >> the foreign minister spoke at a forum in beijing on friday. chen stressed that china will never compromise in its territorial claim. he said china would not cause any trouble but would never cease exercising its own rights. he hinted that china will continue sending surveillance ships around the sanguku islands. china apparently wants japan to recognize existence of the territorial dispute by both hard and soft means, but japan claims the islands are an integral part of its territory and is adamant there is no dispute. china is building up its military presence in the asia pacific region. the question now is how south asian regions will deal with its neighbor's growing clout. they are responding by stationing marines on the islands in the h
minister. >>> leaders in japan and china are engaged in a dispute over islands in the east china sea. lawmakers in the united states have made a decision that may encourage the japanese. they've affirmed that the security treaty between the u.s. and japan covered the disputed islands. senators unanimously approved a legal amendment to reaffirm the u.s. commitment to japan. the amendment says the east china sea a vitally important to all nations in the asia pacific region. recognize that japan administer the senkaku islands. it says no action by a third party would effect their recognition and u.s. forces would protect territories under japan's administration. >>> satellite images show north korea could be preparing to launch another rocket. researchers at john hopkins university in the united states say they've observed the first two stages of what appears to be a long range missile. these images of the launch site on the west coast of north korea were captured on monday. researchers say they carry stages of a rocket. the orientation of the crane on the site was different than three
leaders of the two biggest economies have started laying the ground work for cooperation. china's president paid a visit to the u.s. president, obama. they agreed to boost economic cooperation. juan said members of china's communist party and government had great importance with their relations with the u.s. they said they wanted to work more closely with americans on a wider range of issues. obama said building stronger economic ties is the core of the relationship. he said u.s. and chinese leaders may be able to overcome issues that divide them if they speak more frankly. officials with the chinese foreign ministry said obama mentioned he was to meet the communist party's new leader. italian prime minister mario monti has handed in his resignation. he promises to step down once the lawmakers pass the budget. they expect to meet with party leaders this weekend and dissolve the lower house and expect an election late february. monti led efforts to deal with italy's debt crisis. he appointed a cabinet of experts, not politicians. he pushed for structural reforms for over a year.
and china are engaged in a despite over islands in the east chinese sea. the chinese are taking a new tactic in their efforts to press their claim. they told united nations officials their country extending far enough under the sea to encompass the islands. officials with china's foreign ministry said they made a legal claim based on the u.n. convention on the law of the sea. they argue their country's continental shelf extends to the senkaku islands. japan controls the islands. government leaders nationalized them earlier this year. if they approve the claim, the chinese will gain the right to develop resources in the sea bed. chinese foreign minister weighed in the communist newspaper, the people's daily, said they strongly oppose the nationalization of the islands. >>> voters will be heading to the polls on sunday for japan's first general election in three years. politicians have been trying to appeal to an undecided constituency, young people. the problem is many in their 20s simply aren't interested in voting. here's more. >> reporter: many young people seem less than enthused by the e
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